William Barr Says DOJ Likely 'Very Close' To Having Enough Evidence To Indict Trump

The former attorney general also said it was "wrong" for a federal judge to grant a special master to review the classified documents Trump had in his home.
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Trump administration Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that he believes the Justice Department is “getting very close” to having enough evidence to indict former President Donald Trump for keeping classified government documents at his private Florida residence long after his presidency.

Speaking on Fox News, Barr said that investigators will need to consider whether they can make a “technical” case against the former president for mishandling sensitive, even top secret, documents that the FBI found while searching the Mar-a-Lago property last month.

“I think they’re getting very close to that point, frankly,” he said.

On Tuesday, Barr called out a judge’s decision to grant Trump’s request for a “special master” to review the documents federal agents retrieved from Mar-a-Lago estate.

The DOJ had opposed the request, saying it had already reviewed most of the potentially classified records, but U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon ultimately sided with the former president, ruling the DOJ should temporarily stop using any of the seized documents for its investigation.

“The opinion, I think, was wrong, and I think the government should appeal it,” Barr told Fox News. “It’s deeply flawed in a number of ways.”

The DOJ has not signaled whether it will appeal the decision. A spokesperson on Monday told CNN they are considering “appropriate next steps.”

Barr argued the special master appointment — even if it goes through — won’t affect the outcome of the probe, apart from delaying it.

“The fundamental dynamics of the case are set, which is the government has very strong evidence of what it really needs to determine whether charges are appropriate,” Barr told Fox News.

Barr explained the Justice Department does not need to show the content of the seized records “in order to prevail in this case.”

Justice Department officials found classified information when they searched Trump’s Florida resort on Aug. 8, even though the former president’s team had asserted they had returned all such records. This stands regardless of the special master appointment, Barr explained.

This is not the first time Barr has criticized Trump in recent weeks.

The former attorney general threw cold water on Trump’s claims that he had somehow declassified documents FBI agents seized from his estate.

“If in fact he sort of stood over scores of boxes, not really knowing what was in them, and said ‘I hereby declassify everything in here,’ that would be such an abuse, and ― that shows such recklessness that it’s almost worse than taking the documents,” Barr said Friday.

Sanjana Karanth contributed to this report.

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